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Stanford Report, May 17, 2000

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A SILENT MARCHING BAND? THE LELAND Stanford Junior University Marching Band hit a high note last Saturday when performing members agreed to go mum to avoid disturbing a 3 p.m. wedding in MemChu. The band was being filmed as part of a five-minute trailer of Silicon Valley that will be unveiled at the Tech Museum's IMAX theater this fall. The film includes sweeping 180-degree views of pedaling cyclists and the band marching through the Inner Quad. A film crew took several takes of the traditionally boisterous band as it rollicked in silence. The shoot wound up at 2:58 p.m., just before the bride walked down the aisle. An aerial shot will show the band forming a question mark with the following proposed voiceover: "At Stanford they don't ask why, they ask why not."

FOR THE LATEST IN COOL NEW BUILDINGS, check out the CCSR, or Center for Clinical Sciences Research, off Campus Drive next to Beckman. From 1 to 4:40 p.m. tomorrow, the campus community is invited to an opening day symposium at Fairchild Auditorium followed by a 6 p.m. dedication ceremony in the building's central courtyard. The huge glass-and-concrete building, designed with an open floor plan, is intended to foster a "bench-to-bedside" approach to medical research, says RUTH SCHECHTER of Medical Development. The idea is to make it easy for researchers to meet and share ideas that may stimulate the development of new therapies for treating cancer, immune diseases and genetic disorders.

STANFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL ALUMS WILL descend on campus tomorrow for the school's 75th anniversary. The three-day gala event is closed to the public. But commuters shouldn't fret. On-campus parking for the event has been reserved near Quarry Road and the Track House.

BY THE WAY, THIS IS MY FIRST COLUMN IN almost nine months. I've been on maternity leave. During my absence, changes both great and small have taken place -- from President Casper's announced resignation to a refurbished CoHo. Campus construction has continued apace --one memorable night last November my husband and I negotiated surprise Sand Hill Road detours that included racing across an empty parking lot to reach the hospital in time to have our baby. (Everything turned out fine.) But now it's back -- and here's the pitch: Do you have a cool job that others might want to read about? Do you know "only-at-Stanford" stories that you'd like to share? If so, tell Stanford Report. I can be reached at